Testimonials

Learn how the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County program has helped individuals become better leaders — and how this benefits their employers and community.

LDA Participant Feedback

Through the class discussions, activities and community involvement projects in LDA, I have learned a lot about myself personally and professionally. I’m excited to use this new perspective to grow as a leader and community member in Rock County.
Katie Crist
Katie Crist
United Way
My experience through the LDA and my group’s project of “Revitalizing Recovery”, in particular, opened my eyes to the power of the many personal and professional connections I already had and hadn’t been fully utilizing. I am thankful for the new connections created through the LDA process and excited to tackle everything life brings my way.
Al Herbst
Al Herbst
Johnson Bank
My LDA adventure has been a great one and I've met many great people along the way ranging from homeless to CEOs. Community involvement really was the heart of the program and provided many warm and fuzzy experiences. Thanks LDA for all the great memories.
Brad Huber
Brad Huber
City of Janesville
LDA has been instrumental in both my professional and personal growth, but more importantly it has created opportunities for me to get more involved within the community I adore so much!
Daniel Jackson
Daniel Jackson
School District of Janesville
Leadership development is just one of many facets to the Leadership Development Academy program. LDA has helped me to develop my skills as a leader, but may have had an even larger impact on me as a person. I will be forever grateful for the people I have met, experiences I have had, and personal growth I have achieved through my participation in LDA.
Ethan Lee
Ethan Lee
City of Janesville
LDA has been a wonderful experience and has taught me many things, both personally and professionally! Rock County has amazing leaders. I’m looking forward to continuing to have an active role in the community.
Amanda Pellizzi
Amanda Pellizzi
Prent Corporation
LDA has provided me with a unique opportunity to network with many talented people throughout Rock County. As a participant, I have become more aware of the amazing possibilities available to all of us wanting to make a difference. I have learned so much about myself and how to work more effectively with others to achieve wonderful things for our community. I am grateful to all those who support this phenomenal program!
Teresa Riesterer
Teresa Riesterer
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
My journey with LDA has allowed me to grow into a better person, overcome several fears and opened my eyes to the real needs of our community. I’ve always felt I could do more with my time; but just didn’t know what. With LDA, it’s mentors and guest speakers, my involvement with the community has increased.Thank you Linda Ross and the LDA Team Members for providing such a wonderful program!
Beth Wallace
Beth Wallace
ANGI Energy Systems
The Leadership Development Academy ... taught me that stepping out of my comfort zone creates adventure, excitement and opportunity. If you stretch your limits even a little bit, you can build and improve your confidence and self-esteem. No matter what happens when you try something new, even if you fail at least you tried and probably even learned/gained something...
Jean Miller
Jean Miller
ANGI Energy Systems
Participating in the LDA was one of the best decisions I've made. Not only did it help me understand the people, places, businesses, and organizations that make Rock County what it is, it also helped me find my niche in the community. I use lessons learned during LDA almost daily in my life, business, and the community.
Eric Kuznacic
Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions
Through my LDA journey, I emerged having a greater understanding of myself and my leadership style, nurtured my ability to effectively communicate with others, enhanced my team-building skills (and made some amazing friendships along the way), and gained a deeper understanding of the needs of the community I live and work in.
Katrina Bird
First Community Credit Union
Leadership Development Academy has taught me so many things about our community, about working as a team, and about myself. I am extremely thankful to (Executive Director) Linda Ross, the LDA Board Members, my employer, my team and new friendships I have made during my time at LDA.
Jennifer Ryan
Jenny Ryan
Applied Ecological Services
The LDA opened up my eyes to myself and my abilities, and the needs of our community. LDA taught me how to be impactful and to use the resources of teammates to move us forward. Thank you to all of the mentors, sponsors, businesses and especially (Executive Director) Linda Ross for making our LDA journey so great!
Lily Lux
Lily Lux
ANGI Energy Systems
This program exceeded my expectations. It has been an amazing opportunity and I feel very blessed to have gone through this academy with such an amazing group.
Theresa Gunderson
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Without a doubt, LDA has awarded me the pleasure to work with talented, passionate, and engaging leaders here in Rock County. Connecting with all the awesome people in this program has been the best part of the experience, as well as collaborating with them to make our community work better. Cheers to all of you!
Nathan Fuller
Nathan Fuller
Rock County Historical Society
My journey over the last 10 months with LDA has been filled with self-awareness, collaboration, networking opportunities, new friendships and the chance to step out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion. Thank you to all who joined me on this journey, it was a very rewarding experience.
Tammy Eliszewski
Town Bank
Leadership Development Academy of Rock County

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